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Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin's Russia.

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  • Publishers Weekly. 10/28/2019, Vol. 266 Issue 43, p90-91. 2p. 1 Color Photograph.
  • Modern Russians strive to serve several masters - conscience, self-interest, and an overbearing government, among them - in this searching, vividly reported debut from New Yorker Moscow correspondent Yaffa. Russian sociologist Yuri Levada's theory of the "wily man" - a personality type focused on coping with a repressive state that, though it can't be defeated, can be manipulated for personal gain - provides the framework for understanding Russian society under President Vladimir Putin's soft authoritarianism, Yaffa contends. [Extracted from the article]
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